Grad Student Cited for Promoting Technology

School of Education doctoral student Michael Youmans was one of four teachers in the state honored recently by the Massachusetts Software Council for promoting technology in schools. Youmans received the group's Above and Beyond Award for his innovative use of computers in an 11th-grade humanities class he led as a student-teacher at the Maimonides School in Brookline. An accompanying award of $1,000 went to the school, a private Orthodox Jewish academy that enrolls pupils in grades K-12.

Youmans used interactive CD-ROMs as learning tools in the Philosophy, Art and Culture course he taught, while giving his pupils assignments in Internet research that included setting up their own World Wide Web sites. He also helped in the creation of a student Web page at the school.

"This is where I hope to make my mark in the teaching profession," said Youmans, who is mulling a career as an educational technology consultant once he finishes work on his doctorate. "The award was a welcome acknowledgment that technology is not just toys and games, but has real educational value."

At SOE, Youmans has set up a Web page for eight student teachers whose field-work he is overseeing as a graduate assistant supervisor in the Office of Practicum Experiences.

-Mark Sullivan

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